DA Classes

“I felt freer than in any other dance class I have been in. It was beautiful to feel that every movement was perfect, there was no trying, no failing. It was beautiful to feel equal and to enjoy the body’s movement and the movement of others.” DanceAbility workshop participant 2013.

DANCEABILITY CLASSES Spring 2022

The Sunday Classes start 23.01.22-29.05.22 @ 14-16 in person. There is NO CLASS  6.3.,17.4., (Easter) or 1.5 (May Day). The classes are open to all people from every level of experience with or without disabilities.

IN PERSON: Cable Factory, Tallberginkatu 1 B, Helsinki (Map). Zodiak dance studio B2. The space is accessible. Entrance with wheelchairs with the freight elevator. An accessible elevator can be found also from the Cable Factory’s main entrance at gate C (opposite the restaurant Hima & Sali).

ONLINE: We will also be hosting some Sunday class live via zoom (more details coming soon.

NOTICE! We are taking measures for safety and will work not work with touch in the classes. We require contact information for all participants so we can contact if necessary. Please, do not attend if you have flu symptoms!  Recent updates on will be posted on DanceAbility Finland’s FB page.

PRICE: Serial Card (6 classes) 27€ from our Online Shop. The fee for a single class is 5€ (to be paid in cash to the teacher before the class). The first class is free and if you bring someone new to the class (buddy system) then the class is free for you both.  The classes are always free for participating assistants. Attendance online is by donation.

CLASS DESCRIPTION: A typical class begins with participants relaxing their bodies and focusing their attention on the inner sensations of their body through breath and weight. Participants are then guided through a warm up so they can follow their desires and interests in movement. After the warm up exercises are done in duets, trios or with the whole group. Instead of using words we use the language of the body to communicate. Each class is uniquely structured for the people who attend so everyone is included and we are all given an opportunity to learn from each other. The classes usually last for 2 hours but can also be shorter. Since our inception in 2009 over 2000 people have participated in our workshops. The best way to understand DanceAbility is to experience it.

Duet from a DanceAbility Sunday class between Gunilla Sjövall and Minna Lehikoinen. Action response with touch.

“DanceAbility opened my eyes to see the beauty of human beings. You don’t need the words when dancing. Dancing in a small group is like a big story, everyone makes their own story. Everyone joins in the quiet and multicultural rhythms of life, again and again. Peace inside, I like it very much.” DanceAbility workshop participant 2009.

Example Warm-Up